AS PART of a new initiative in Europe, the search is on to find the 40 most dynamic and influential professionals under the age of 40 working in the global breakbulk industry.

Professionals working in the industry are encouraged to self-nominate or nominate eligible colleagues if they believe they have contributed significantly to the sector.

The project is spearheaded by industry event organiser Antwerp XL, which will hold a three-day exhibition and conference for the breakbulk industry in Belgium in April 2020.

Mark Rimmer, Antwerp XL divisional director, said, “Attracting and retaining the next generation of talent is absolutely critical to the long-term success of the breakbulk industry. It’s where the industry’s future ideas, innovation, inspiration and leaders will all come from. 


“That’s why we are so proud to be launching our 40 Under 40 initiative.  We want to identify and celebrate those younger players within the industry and showcase their contribution so far.  So, if you know someone who merits being recognised, or you are that person, we want to hear from you.”

Entrants will be judged by a panel of industry experts looking for young professionals who, thanks to their excellence and commitment, are making a real difference to their organisation and/or the wider breakbulk industry. The official 40 Under 40 will comprise those with the greatest potential to become industry leaders in the future and those who have achieved greatness already.

The selected 40 will receive VIP passes for Antwerp XL, giving them access to the event’s conference program and exclusive zones including the VIP lounge.  They will also be invited, as guests of honour, to a special Next Gen debate taking place during the show and have access to other exclusive events in the year after Antwerp XL.

Entries close on 28 February. To find out more about Antwerp XL or to nominate yourself or a colleague, visit